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Goddess Rising: Stephanie Birch

Every week, we are so blessed to share this space here on the Passion Yoga School blog with some of the incredible ladies of the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our chance to connect and collaborate with these incredible movers and shakers, as they do great things, follow their passions and make the world a better place. This week, Stephanie Birch took the time to share her thoughts with us!

"I came for the sweat and found a way of life." I was hooked from my very first yoga class. As a longtime athlete, yoga was the perfect dose of physical exertion I longed for after a lifetime of sports and playing tough. It wasn’t until after I had my son that I truly began to connect with yoga as a way of life. Yoga became my breath on and off the mat, it has strengthened my mind and body, soften my shell, teaches me to live in the present, and it serves as a conduit to my Soul's purpose.

In my everyday life, I am a play-at-home mom, yoga teacher, life photographer, writer, fire-starter, online contributor, Soul Activist, Tahoe-lover, a sucker for dark chocolate, dark beer, coffee, cartwheels, boardgames, and a life well-lived barefoot and pants-less. “No pants are the best pants,” is the norm in our household. You can practice online with me at www.oneOeight.tv or in Sacramento, California. You can find me writing wide-open heart as a wanna-be comedian and squealing on my best days at www.stephynow.com.
 

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Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Stephanie Birch: My work is really doing the work, no bypassing or excusing my own self-devotion. It is about showing up to the very lessons and themes I teach in a yoga class. I don't fall back on traditional texts, regurgitated cues, or lessons from another. That wouldn't be real for me. It is important for me to actively participate in this practice than cover my tracks or basis with longitude of experience.

My job, as a teacher, is to coach people to feel in a yoga class. To get absolutely in touch with themselves by challenging the physical, mental, and emotional bodies. I refuse to teach people from a place of fear or that there is only way to practice yoga. We do a disservice to teach that yoga (especially, asana) is a one-way system, as if all bodies are built the same, they are not. Alignment brings awareness, it does not keep you safe. It's important to empower people to be responsible for their practice, it's that dedication and self-awareness that keeps them encouraged. I am passionate about getting people to really fuck up the insides and get to know themselves deeply, discovering that they are their greatest teacher. It is not my job to make their time on the mat "good or bad" or that they're doing it "right or wrong." As if practicing one or two limbs of the "yoga path" is not enough, it's more than enough. It's a personal practice and the system is designed to connect you to your highest self.

It's about empowering my students, evolving the practice, and always teaching from a place of fierce love. That means getting downright uncomfortable to understand the deepest depths of ourselves, our relationships, and our lives. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Stephanie: My wounds have brought me here. They have given birth to a life of getting fucking real. I used to be such a pretender, people-pleaser, and not say too much or make a stink and it furthered a career of self-doubt and staying small. My pain has been useful in my survival, overcoming the very things I thought would drown me. Going through depression, as a new mom, put our family in a tail-spin. It is not something that just goes away, it's often resting on shoulder, waiting, plotting, and planning to take it's grip again. It's taken a lot of work to get here and I'm grateful for it. My world changed when I began to understand that the Soul is both light and dark and that love is the inclusion of every emotion, it unlocks the part of you that tethered herself to traumas, abuse, and victim-hood that, although painful, gave me purpose to understanding myself. Pain is a beautiful motivator. We can sink or rise with it.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Stephanie: I challenge others and myself to get out of the box of labeling things as "good" or bad" - we need to change our relationship to a gradient scale of "goodness" factor. I used to believe I was a "bad yogi" because I ate meat, drink alcohol, and don't perfectly align with the traditional teachings of the yoga path. There's a lot of shaming that goes on the yoga world and I say, "fuck that noise." It's taken years to understand myself and trust myself in this process and it certainly required me to knock down the "guru" and pedestal complexes. My worst habit, if you will, is second-guessing my intuition or not following my gut-checks with people, relationships, and teachings. Every time, I allow my intellectual to step in above my intuition, it takes the wind out of me. My practice is truly is trust and love myself deeply -- and say "no" a hell of a lot more. 

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Stephanie: Trust yourself. Know yourself. Love yourself. I follow along the lines of not asking for advice or giving advice. If there is someone that is coming to me for advice, I lead with questions, understanding, and charge the conversation to bring forth answers he/she already has within. We are such an advice-giving and seeking culture. We already know deep down what we need to do and most of the time, if not all, it means we need to listen to ourselves. Trust ourselves. Tune-in to this inner-knowing and guidance. We are always being guided and that means we must tune out the external to uncover our greatest potential.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Stephanie: My spiritual practice is to have a human experience in this life. To live out life's ups and downs, trials and errors, and everything between. I believe that we are put on this earth to have a human experience, we are already spiritual Beings. 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Stephanie: I think one that comes to mind, that isn't necessarily secretive, is growing up with the belief I wasn't ever going to amount to much more than a full-time job, paying bills, and calling it a life. I grew up in a low-middle class family, it's the average American story. My dad worked himself to the bone and my mom stayed home to raise 5 kids. Without being taught, per se, many of us mimic our parents and the "should-do" life. Working yourself to the bone in a job you hate because you have mouths to feed is a scary place to be, it's a trap. I openly talk about this trap and use it to encourage my path to grow and make my contribution to the world by not falling back into generational patterns and belief systems. It's how we change the world, moving away from the tribe and into your own way of life. Taking charge of my life is not easy, by any means, but it's absolutely necessary.

PYS: Who inspires you?

Stephanie: I am inspired by fire-starters and fire-breathers. Women who roar and rage. The ones in-touch with their primal, animalistic selves, speak in truths, and dance in flames. This woman, who is my sister, coach and friend, Diana Vitantonio. Belly to belly.

Goddess Rising: Alexis Sclamberg

Every week, we are so lucky to share this space with incredible women from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our opportunity to connect and share and this week, we are happy to have Alexis Sclamberg!

Alexis Sclamberg is a personal growth writer, speaker and the co-founder of Borrowed Wisdom, a company that offers online programs to inspire and empower individuals to manifest a life they love.

A former lawyer, Alexis has been called the “manifestation master of her generation” and is known for taking the woo-woo out of the law of attraction and breaking down complex scientific facts into simple tools for manifestation. She is at work on her first book, Borrowed Wisdom For Love and is the co-creator and host of the Borrowed Wisdom interview series.

Alexis contributes personal essays to publications including Cosmopolitan, Forbes, and The Huffington Post, and has been featured on the radio, including NPR. She is an Instructor at Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Alexis Sclamberg: My work is focused on empowering others to live their best lives by giving them the spiritual and scientific tools to actualize their heart's desires. As a result, my work forces me to think about who I am, how I want to be in the world, and how important it is to cultivate faith in the process. Actualizing our potential on this planet while honoring our humanity requires a true test of faith -- and my work reminds me of this on a daily basis.

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Alexis: I came to my work through my own "wounds." I was inspired to immerse myself in the world of personal growth as I was struggling in my own life--I was an unhappy lawyer in an unhappy marriage. Something needed to change. In my process of discovering the tools that were effective for me in moving my life story forward, in the direction of my heart's desires, I felt inspired to share what I had learned. And voila -- my business was born.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Alexis: My worst habit is making meaning out of events that in themselves don't have meaning. We all create stories about what is happening in our lives -- we fill in the blanks, it's only natural. But far too often we assign meaning that hurts us, that causes needless suffering, that misconstrues others' intentions. The result is a lot of unnecessary pain and strife. What if we could see the events of our lives simply for what they are? What if we could take a step back and ask ourselves about the meaning we're assigning to events, and question that meaning? That's what I'm working on doing right now: stopping myself before I create a harmful narrative, giving myself and others the benefit of the doubt, and in essence, elevating my consciousness about the events of my life.

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Alexis: My biggest piece of advice is this: believe that anything is possible. It is my feeling that this is the most critical piece to manifestation -- belief sets everything else in motion.

Then, if I could sneak in another piece of advice, I'd say this: we can't control the "how" of our lives -- we can set intentions and create goals, but we will never be able to control how the details of our stories unfolds, nor can we control the timeline of the unfolding. This is OK. In fact, this takes a lot of pressure off us if we let it!! Stay focused on the outcome, but know that those details are just that: details.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Alexis: My daily spiritual practice starts when I wake up in the morning -- I immediately do a creative visualization meditation. This helps me plug into a different "dimension" so to speak -- I get connected to my best self, the person I want to be, and suspend time and space in doing so.

I journal before I get out of bed as well; I have a practice of writing 3 things I'm grateful for, 3 things that would make the day great, and filling in one "I am" statement. These prompts each morning help me get into a space of gratitude but also train my eye on what I want to find in my day (confirmation bias!) and help me stay really intentional about my thoughts and feelings.

I then go on my daily run to the Golden Gate Bridge -- this is one of my favorite parts of my day. Running alongside the water's edge, watching the waves lap up to shore, seeing the birds soaring above me, hearing the crunch of the gravel beneath my feet, and feeling my heart beat -- I feel I am a part of something so much bigger than myself. Getting connected to the universe in this way is an important start to my day.

Throughout my day, I like to take plenty of breaks to check in with myself (how am I feeling? what messages are my body sending me?) and spend time outside. I find that I can get so sucked into the details of my work and social life, that I can forget what really matters, and what's really going on for me. By taking breaks, I ensure that I stay aware.

Before I go to sleep, I do more journaling -- reflecting on highlights from my day, listing more things I'm grateful for and reviewing what I could have done differently. The latter helps me make critical shifts in my life.

Most importantly, I exercise my "faith" muscle all day, every day. Things happen in life that test this muscle and I find myself in a constant state of "working it out." This means that I'm looking at my life through a lens of "everything's okay, everything's working out just as it should -- even if I can't really see that right now."

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Alexis: I'm an open book, to myself and to others. My business is based on this openness and authenticity, as is the book I'm writing now. I have found that it's not secrets that hold me up, but what to do with my vulnerabilities -- how to navigate through life given my set of challenges.

PYS: Who inspires you?

Alexis: My business partner and mom, Dr. Sharon Ufberg.

Goddess Rising: Suzanne Heyn

Every week, we are so lucky to share this space with an incredible woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our opportunity to connect with some amazing ladies, and this week, we are so pleased to have Suzanne Heyn sharing with us!

Suzanne Heyn is a spiritual teacher and mentor, self-love writer, and creator of transformational online courses. By age 28, she experienced the deaths of her father and sister and survived cancer. These traumatic experiences and post-cancer healing forced her to express long-repressed emotions. In a society that fears emotion, Suzanne's message is simple: Feel your feelings. Love who you are. She believes unconditional self-love unlocks the door to a richly meaningful and abundant life. By feeling our feelings, we begin the most exciting adventure of our lives: witnessing the unfolding of our authentic self.

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Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Suzanne Heyn: One of the things I most value is authenticity. I spent many years of my life massively depressed, and feeling like my sadness made me flawed. I felt like everyone else had it together and I spent all my energy resisting my feelings and pasting a fake smile on my face.

Over time, I grew to see that my pain didn't make me flawed, it made me human. I've healed a lot, but even now, when I see perfect images on social media, it makes me compare myself to others.

By expressing my authentic truth — my ups and downs — through social media and my blog, I hope to communicate to others that it's okay to not be okay. It's okay to be human. I continually remind myself and others that the illusions we compare ourselves too are just that, illusions. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Suzanne: One of my core wounds was that it's not okay to feel. After my father and sister died, I felt I had to create the illusion that I was strong and cold and never hurt. After cancer, the rage was all consuming and I had no choice but to face it.

That initiated the most divinely healing journey ever — the journey of feeling my feelings. I was guided towards a meditation practice that helped me dissolve my painful feelings and connect with my core truth underneath it all.

Today, my work is all about feeling your feelings because so much of people's problems arise from repression. This work developed from growing up in a household where emotions were denied. My sister killed herself, and that's one reason why I'm so passionate. Nobody should ever feel that alone. 

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Suzanne: I work too much. I used to be a hardcore slacker, and now I'm obsessed with success. I'm working to become conscious of my behavior and really ask myself which projects have to be done now and which can wait.

Sometimes, I'll talk with my old self, even if that old self existed an hour ago. For example, if I work too late on a project, before going to bed, I'll visualize myself hunched over my keyboard and tell myself, "You don't need to work so hard. You're worthy no matter what."

That seems to be really helpful. I find most bad habits develop from energy and not mindset issues. If you work to heal the energy, you can change your habits. So I work to become conscious of things I'd like to change and then find out the real reason I'm engaging in unhealthy behaviors.

Too often, we focus on surface problems. I like going deep.

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Suzanne: Be patient. We often work really hard to uncover our life's purpose because we believe in the universe and its divine potential and our unique gifts. But then we feel like we need to work really hard to actualize that potential. We remove the sacredness from it and believe it's all up to us.

What we really need to do is prioritize our spiritual evolution above all else. Because our spiritual growth is tied to our life purpose. We often think of life purpose or potential in terms of career, but its more about energy. We might get paid for it, but it's ultimately not about that. So I create online courses and I earn money from that, but what I'm really doing is creating space for people to feel and heal. That's my life purpose. I turned it into my career, but it doesn't have to be that.

So, in short, if you want to actualize your potential, meditate.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Suzanne: I meditate every morning and do yoga as often as possible. Feeling my feelings and loving myself no matter what is a sacred practice. Loving myself even when I mess up or work too much or don't eat as healthy as I'd like.

There are a couple key areas of my life where I've been hoping for change that's really slow in coming. So everyday I practice acceptance while trusting that I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Suzanne: If I have any secrets, I'm not aware of them. I work really hard to shine light in all of my shadows. 

PYS: Who inspires you?

Suzanne: @jadealectra on Instagram

Goddess Rising: Asha Ramakrishna

Every week, we use this space to feature an inspiring and empowering woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our opportunity to connect and share with amazing women around the world, and this week we are so happy to feature Asha Ramakrishna!

Being trained as a Molecular Biologist and spending over a decade in Business Development & Sales in the Biotech Industry, Asha now mentors Evolved Entrepreneurs + Executives to clarify personal Fulfillment, ensure Work & Life Balance, and establish systems for Profitable & Sustainable enterprises.

Soul + Business. Go perfectly together.

Feel Good. Be Wealthy. Give Back.

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Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Asha Ramakrishna: When I first started blending business and spirituality, I was doing Business Development in the Biotech industry. What I found was that having sales conversations were really more about soul to soul conversations. I was connecting to the person (prospective client) at a soul level, and so I started to see the work I did as spiritual.

In fact, I think whatever work we do we can do it from a place of service, and that in itself makes it spiritual beyond any meditating or chanting. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Asha: I was in pain for a long time. I was going to so many different spiritual workshops because I was curious to learn more, but ultimately it was because I was suffering. I felt as though my sensitivity was getting in the way of my personal and professional success and I didn't have a way to elegantly feel everything and still get sh*t done. haha!

True, though! It was this pain that led me to really focus on a method that could eliminate my search, but also help me at a practical level. It is a very powerful method that I use and now teach.

What I found though was that the acceptance of the present moment was the doorway to both honoring what is alive in me, and also moving towards what I desire to create.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Asha: Is this like one of those interview questions? haha!

worst habit.... eating cake. I love cake. I'm sure it's a sugar thing, but I love it. At this moment, I will tell you, I am not doing anything about it. Except laughing a bit about it, and having some compassion for it.

I'm sure there is more sweetness I am craving, and I honor that honesty about my cake eating. ♡

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

I would say that #1 you are enough as you are right now. Know that life is supposed to have ups and downs, and in fact those sacred seasons of life, even if we do not totally understand them, have a genius reason for being there.

At a practical level: do what you can to re-program your mind so that it is an ally to your beautiful soul, and my favorite

.... always take inspired action. Be courageous, it is ok if you fall flat on your face, trust me, you will learn how to do things better. Learning to pick yourself up, not taking it personally, but using the information as data to feed your wisdom, is the most precious thing you can embrace about life. 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Asha: I make tea. Sit for a minute in the quiet of my living room. Practice Ashtanga Yoga.
Then before going to bed I talk to my daughter about her day; that is probably the most scrumptiously spiritual thing I do. It is a precious window into her soul.

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Asha: Years ago I received a set of Feminine Principles in a mystical experience. One of the principles that has been central to my life was...

Connect to a Sisterhood; it will strengthen you.

I didn't have a Sisterhood at the time. I longed for it, and even if that piece seems off course in the self love journey, I found that being vulnerable to another in a sacred space has been one of the most powerful acts of courage and self love.

I am still in progress with it. Everyday challenging myself with compassion to go deeper, more vulnerable, and to fully trust another who is vested in our collective evolution.

PYS: Who inspires you?

Asha: My daughters inspire me. I love observing them unfold.

I think you should inspire one of my clients Valerie Marie. A woman who has come into her goddess nature in less than a year. So honored to have walked with her. 

Goddess Rising: January Newland

Every Wednesday, we are so lucky to feature an incredible woman from somewhere in the world who is doing great things to inspire and empower within the health, wellness and personal development community. This week, we are featuring January Newland who is a fitness trainer and nutrition coach! In her own words: 

I am a personal trainer, yoga teacher, nutrition educator, health coach, ocean aficionado, & Hawaii-born island-lover. I live in San Diego, with my boyfriend, our three dogs, and five chickens. Ours is a life of adventure, fun, and as much time at the beach as we can manage. My passion is helping people discover their healthiest, most radiant self through nourishing food, FUN fitness, and travel! My goal is to help you find balance in healthy living!

My Manifesto:
I believe in learning to love yourself exactly as is, here and now, before beginning a new journey. 
I believe in yoga sessions, AND Mai-Tais. I believe the single best exercise for you is the one that makes you feel ALIVE and POWERFUL. I believe sweat is beautiful. I believe in nourishing your body through intuition rather than counting calories. I believe traditional, whole, organic foods, and that how we eat can change our bodies and have a positive effect on the world around us.I believe your best life involves feeding your soul as well as your body. I believe in less cell-phone, and more beach!


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Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

January Newland: People often start their journey of self-improvement with exercise and diet; but many times there's deeper work to be done with self-esteem, confidence, letting go of outside ideals, finding and trusting our own instincts. To me, this is where the good stuff happens, on the more spiritual path. You can follow any diet or exercise program, but if you learn to truly nourish and take care of your whole being, you'll find a new level of happiness and freedom. This is the work that I love to do!

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

January: Well, I was that person who was eating "all the right things" and working out several times a day, basically grinding away at trying to get into this skinnier body that I thought would somehow make me happy once I had it. But really, I had a lot of inner work to do on myself. Once I sought help with wounds from the past through energetic cord cutting, and good old fashioned therapy, it made all the difference. Getting to a better place in my head helped me get to the better place in my relationship with food, workouts, and my body.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

January: Comparing myself to others. It's a dirty one - I know that we are all truly INCOMPARABLE to each other; we're extremely beautifully unique beings. Yet still, I fall into the habit of looking at the details of other people similar to me and comparing. I'm working on it just through the awareness of doing it, and meditating on self-love and appreciation of my own beautiful path!

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

January: Patience, and trusting your own journey. It ties into not comparing yourself or your journey to anyone else's. I think we hinder our own growth by freaking out that we need to be more or faster or better or... something that we aren't already right now.

We have so many things in the world now that measure us by numbers - number of followers, weight on the scale, website ranking, body fat percentage, grade point average, income earned. And those things can be helpful, but I find more and more in my experience that the really delicious, juicy stuff in life has no numbers, but instead, feelings... It's the relationships with those you love, the qualities that define you like kindness & compassion, the experiences you have, that can't be measured by numbers. 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

January: My spiritual practice is usually about conscious movement... whether through a long morning walk with my pups, a home yoga practice, or a workout on my own to listen in to my own body's needs for the day. I am focusing on practicing more stillness as well, with a few sitting meditation sessions per week. I think another important part of my spiritual practice is simply focusing on gratitude for all the wonderful things in my life, small to big. And working through the monkey-mind chatter that's always there in my head to get back to those gratitude thoughts, all throughout the day.

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

January: That I teach this radical self love and nourishment to women because I'm great at coaching it; but I'm only good at coaching it because it comes from a place of knowing the lack of self-love and nourishment all-to-well. 

PYS: Who inspires you?

January: Stephanie Birch, a yoga teacher in Sacramento, my mom, Melanie Granfors, who is a trainer of therapy dogs and rescuer of old dogs from shelters.

Goddess Rising: Tarryn Slade

Every week, we are incredibly blessed to feature a different woman from the health, wellness and personal development community. This is our opportunity to connect with some of the amazing women around the world as they inspire and empower. This week, we are happy to feature Tarryn Slade!

My name is Tarryn Slade, I am 27 years old and live in Brisbane Australia. I have always been a spiritually minded being but truly began my work as a Lightworker & Clairvoyant Healer in 2014 when I began my healing practice. To me their is no greater joy or passion in life than connecting & consciously living to your true, higher, authentic self and helping awaken, heal & inspire others to do the same during their time here on Earth.

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PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Tarryn Slade: I suffered Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for almost 10 years and during that time I spiraled in deep depression, anxiety and fear... I even contemplated suicide on numerous occasions as I was so desperately unhappy. I felt lost, unloveable & insecure... I felt like I had no direction in life, that no one knew what I was going through, that no one really SAW me... I just wanted to feel like people cared, that my life matter, that I was of value and could be of service to the world.... I wanted someone to look at me and say "You can do this, I believe in you"... but most of all I wanted to be able to love & believe in myself.

And now that is what I offer through my work, together with the Angels & Guides, we connect and channel into the blockages, the hurts, the stagnant energy and provide messages of healing hope, of clarity and inspiration. Through my spiritual work, I am inspired to help awaken people to their higher callings and generate a conscious positive mindset of positive, loving self-nurturing & self-belief.

For we need the darkness to see the light, by lighting our own way too illuminate the paths of others. We rise in being our authentic selves. Our true soul selves.... And this inspires my work constantly.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Tarryn: My worst habit is procrastinating and waiting for someone to tell me I'm worthy and it's okay, that I can do this... The old "I believe in you" that I was searching for, for 10 years, can still rear its ugly head. When this happens, I drop into self-parenting through meditation, asking my inner child what is wrong and really tuning in to see why I'm feeling this way. I then switch my thinking to positive reassurance only, soothing myself with positive self beliefs that I can do this, and removing limiting self-beliefs.

I acknowledge that resistance I feel during these times is necessary and preparing me to launch and propel forward and to acknowledge my habit of self doubt as an indication that change and wonderful new opportunities are entering my life for me to embrace.

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Tarryn: Find a wonderful mentor, someone whom you respect and admire, who has already actualized their potential and connect with them to help you break down the action steps you need to take on your own journey. Someone who you trust and who will be able to inspire & nurture you on your journey while still motivating you and holding you accountable.

Don't wait until you are ready, because you will never be. Just take one step at a time. Do a class, take a course, read a book, take a trip... And eventually you'll realise that each one of these was something that began setting you into motion toward actualizing your potential.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Tarryn: Every morning I wake and list three things I am grateful for before I get out of bed. I eat a healthy breakfast, play with my dogs and as I get ready each day I have a positive quote stuck to my mirror that I read every day that says "Hey you, yes you. I want you to really look at yourself. Past the insecurities, past everything you think is wrong. You are beautiful. Have a beautifully blessed day xoxo".

Each day I choose to focus on the positives, if a negative thought enters my head or feeling comes over me I make a conscious effort to replace it with three positive thoughts. I practice mindfulness through my breathing and my choices in food and my actions.

Love, respect, gratitude & compassion are four majorly important components in my daily spiritual practice, in particular, self love.

Taking time out to meditate, do the things I like, replenish my energies, doing a card reading, resting, rejuvenating are high atop my list daily with spiritual practice, for through my suffering CFS I learnt first hand you are no good to help anyone if you aren't functioning okay. One of my favorite analogy's to share with people is the 'Airplane Analogy' and goes a little something like this:

When you're on an airplane taxing the runaway and the airhostess is taking you through the emergency instructions they ask you in the event on an emergency if the air masks should fall to place your own on first securely before helping others... why? Because you won't be able to help anyone if you're passed out.

So just like life, it is so important to make sure you are okay, that you are taking care of you, through Mind Body Spirit, so that your foundations are set to be of service to others.

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Tarryn: Fear of failure & vulnerability has always been something that held me back in self-love... But through recent times I have learnt to not see it as a failure, rather an opportunity to grow and I have come to realize that everyone, no matter who you are, feels vulnerable in life and its about acknowledging when you are feeling shame and vulnerability and championing these through self-love, unconditional self-love.

Self- love can mean many things, too. It's about our self-talk, keeping this positive & encouraging. It's about the foods we choose to consume, its about exercising, its about taking time out for spiritual practice be that healing, meditation, a reading... It's about being kind & gentle with yourself, patient and loving... For you are always going to be with yourself and that's a relationship that deserves love, respect, trust & nurturing.

PYS: Who inspires you?

Tarryn: Peta Kelly, Alexi Panos & Preston Smiles are all incredible souls sharing their light with the world!

Goddess Rising: Katie Dalebout

Every week, we are bringing you a new Goddess Rising interview, which focuses on women in the health, wellness and personal development community. Over the next several weeks, we are going to be bringing words of wisdom and advice to you from women around the world who inspire, empower and live a life full of passion.

This week, we have Katie Dalebout!

Through her blog, podcasts, and videos, millennial blogger, speaker, and podcast host Katie Dalebout curates inspired wisdom that guides people to go deep and sift through the thoughts clouding their minds. She’s a contributor to Refinery29, Mind Body Green, and her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Yahoo Health, and The Daily Mail.

In 2013 she launched the weekly interview podcast WWRadio, which attracted wellness and lifestyle celebrities such as Gabrielle Bernstein, Tara Stiles, and Joe Cross in its first few episodes. She’s the author of the forthcoming book Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling (Hay House, 2016). She helps people develop a positive image of their bodies by embracing their personality outside of their physicality.

Get her free Quick Start Guide here. If you’d like more inspiration from Katie visit her in Wonderland or on her InstagramFacebookTwitter, and YouTube.

Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Katie Dalebout: My work involves listening to other people and being generous with my time which is always a spiritual practice. I also curate a blog and podcast which means I have to keep myself inspired to be able to share inspiration with others. As a writer I constantly feel like that's a spiritual tool since it's what connects me to my feelings and emotions since I don't really know how I'm feeling unless I'm writing since that's the why I process the world. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Katie: I always hated my body growing up. I had a lot of really negative beliefs about myself as I kid for some reason. I grew up thinking I wasn't good enough, cool enough, smart enough or pretty enough and the main one that really had me in a headlock was that my body wasn't good enough. I though that my body and my weight was something that I could control and change easier than all those other things so I decided to focus there. I thought our body's natural size and shape could be manipulated with force so that's what I did. I had an eating disorder and got my body to a really scary weight through force. When I was at that unhealthy weight I wasn't healthy but I was finally confident. I couldn't say at that weight though so I had to figure out how to be confident when my weight was higher than I wanted it to be and that's where I had to learn spiritual tools to help heal that crack and 'let the light in.' 

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Katie: My worst habit is staying up late watching youtube videos on my phone and I'm trying to change it by leaving my phone out of the room but I'm doing a terrible job at it.

Another bad habit I have is pressing snooze on my alarm and just not getting up out of bed when my alarm goes off in the early morning. What I'm doing to change that is actually working well. I schedule a workout class for 5:30 am and I sign up the night before so I can't cancel or I have to pay money also I really like the class so it forces me out of bed at 5:15 because I have somewhere to be and then that way I'm up and moving. 

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Katie: Just be as raw and real as you can be. Genuine people are the best people. People fall in love with realness.

Stop thinking that anything is wrong with you. You are enough, try your best to believe that you are enough exactly as you are and you don't need to change you body, your hair, your weight, your job, or anything about yourself to be enough.

Lastly, do something creative every single day. It will make you feel proud, useful, and happy just for trying. 

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Katie: Journaling and processing my experiences. Doing something creative. Breathing and meditating as much as I can. Walking in nature as often as I can. And listening to or reading inspiring spiritual content. 

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Katie: I hid for a long time that I hated my body. I hid from people that knew me well that I was trying so hard to lose weight.

No one knew that I constantly thought about food and what I had eaten that day or that I constantly was comparing myself and my body to other people and feeling bad about myself. Now that I am open about this and constantly sharing my feelings and shame about it I feel more open and authentically me. The cool thing about sharing my shame is that it goes away when you share it because usually you're not the only one that has felt that way. 

PYS: 7. Who inspires you?

Katie: Elizabeth Gilbert, Beth Stelling, Simi Botic, Christy Harrison, Isabel Foxen Duke, Heather Waxman, Carly Gross, Alex Beadon, Gabby Bernstein, Haley Night, Stephanie Kylrich

Goddess Rising: Skye Gilkeson of The Fit Traveller

Every week, we are bringing you a new Goddess Rising interview, which focuses on women in the health, wellness and personal development community. Over the next several weeks, we are going to be bringing words of wisdom and advice to you from women around the world who inspire, empower and live a life full of passion.

This week, we have Skye Gilkeson from The Fit Traveller!

Skye Gilkeson is a journalist and a health, wellness and luxury travel expert. She is the Founder and Editor of The Fit Traveller (www.thefittraveller.com.au), an online hub that showcases the best in wellness, gastronomy, fashion and luxury travel from around the globe. Follow her on Instagram (@thefittraveller, @skyegilkeson), Twitter (@thefittravellr), and Facebook for more tips, tricks and healthy travel inspiration.

Passion Yoga School: Hi Skye! Thanks so much for joining us! First off, how do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Skye Gilkeson: I really believe you need to pursue what you love to really lead a fulfilling professional and personal life. When you truly take a chance on creating a career out of a passion; something that motivates you to jump out of bed in the morning, something you want to share with others and something that helps you grow and become a happier human, there's nothing more spiritually fulfilling than that. For me, travel and wellness have always made me feel like the best version of myself. They both push my mental and physical limits, boost my confidence and help me to thrive. The Fit Traveller combines those passions so my work has now become a way for me to stay spiritually connected to something in a very authentic way. 

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Skye: I became quite ill in my late 20s. I had been pushing myself with consistent full time study alongside full time work, long hours and overnight shift work for many years and it finally caught up with me. Falling ill forced me to re-evaluate what I was doing and more importantly why I was doing it.

As an A-type personality and perfectionist, losing control of my health, my body and effectively my life for a time was one of the most challenging things I've ever faced, emotionally and physically. It made me angry. It made me sad and I felt like a failure in many ways. But ultimately it made me put my health and wellbeing first again and that lead me back to a place where I wanted to inspire others to do the same.


If I hadn't have fallen sick I may not have launched The Fit Traveller and be cultivating a life that benefits my body, mind and spirit as well as others I hope.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Skye: I am very self deprecating and critical. I try to watch my self-talk and the way I talk about myself in front of other people. It is definitely something that takes constant conscious attention, but I think being aware of the impact of it in the first place is a great step towards changing it.

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Skye: Back yourself. If there is something that you really love to do, something that you would regret not doing if your life were cut short, it is probably something that you should pursue.

Be patient. Particularly when you are pursuing the road less travelled in terms of growing a business, undertaking a creative endeavour or something very unique and personal to you, it won't necessarily come easily, nor will the income. But hopefully the process is one that is enjoyable enough to keep you motivated beyond those initial humps.

Don't believe everything you read/hear. When you are chasing a dream, particularly not in the mainstream, you will find many people have advice for you. Take all of it with a grain of salt. Be grateful, be thankful but ultimately follow your own intuition.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Skye: Unfortunately, it changes daily as I am travelling full time and I have been now for 10 months.


My ideal day will begin with some kind of exercise; a run, a walk, a HIIT session and often a coffee. I love coffee and it's a morning ritual that my husband and I share together. We talk about the day, our travels, our goals over a morning cuppa.


I try to get some kind of writing or photo editing done everyday. Anything creative is spiritual to me.


I am working at nurturing a meditation practice. It is something I haven't developed consistently yet, but I am working on it.


I also experiment with journalling. It's something I used to do for many years and a habit I want to rekindle.

PYS: Who inspires you? Who should we interview next?

Skye: I have a lot of strong, inspirational women in my life, from my mother to my sister and great friends. They have all followed different paths in life but in one way or another they have inspired me in my own life.


I am inspired by the compassion and positivity my husband shows to me and everyone he meets everyday.


My family has always inspired me to work hard for what I want. They are some of the hardest working people I have met.


I am inspired by female business leaders like Arianna Huffington and people promoting accessible health and wellness like Sarah Wilson. Anyone who has overcome adversity inspires me and reminds me how amazing my life is. 

Goddess Rising: Rima Danielle Jomaa

We are so excited to be launching our new series today, Goddess Rising, which focuses on women in the health, wellness and personal development community. Over the next several weeks, we are going to be bringing interviews to you from women around the world who inspire, empower and live a life full of passion.

This week, we are so happy to introduce our first guest, Rima Danielle Jomaa.

Rima is from Los Angeles, and now lives and works between sunny San Clemente, California & Santa Teresa, Costa Rica (where she hosts/organizes yoga & wellness retreats). She is a Marriage and Family Therapist, a certified yoga instructor, a healthy lifestyle blogger & an entrepreneur. In her private practice, Rima also practices Reiki energy healing, utilizes hypnotherapy, and guides others through mindfulness and meditation in combination with traditional therapeutic methods. Rima gives clients the tools and skills to reclaim their health, happiness, and freedom.

Visit Rima on Instagram & Twitter at @rima_danielle or check out her blog to learn more: www.RimaTheJungleGirl.com. Her complete list of social media links can be found on her blog.

Passion Yoga School: How do you use your work as a spiritual tool?

Rima: My work emanates from the path on which I myself am following, and so it is an extension of what I learn & experience, and that can be transformed into teachings for others to apply to their life.

What that means is that as I evolve, so does my work. We all have the capacity to be effective teachers or healers for others at any stage in our spiritual development because there's always someone at a similar level as us that can benefit from what we can offer. As we evolve, we attract different kinds of people that need what we can provide.

Similarly, I learn so much from my students and clients that it's a constant reciprocation of energy that's expanding and changing. It's very spiritually influenced because the safe space we create therapists & yoga teachers gives our clients & students the space & tools to explore their own spirituality.

PYS: The cracks are how the light gets in. Tell us how your core wounds have inspired your work.

Rima: My core wounds span back centuries, as we are constantly reincarnating and playing out our karmic debts. We've all experienced lifetimes of pain and suffering in one way or another, and our work on this Earth, in terms of our soul's evolution, is to find the joy, the fun, and the freedom in life regardless of all of our perceived difficulties and limitations. Otherwise, we spend our time here repetitively cycling the same thoughts and anxieties, creating fear, until we die and reborn working out the same issues.

We are here to play, and I truly believe that. I've been able to use various forms of therapy (I'm a marriage and family therapist myself), such as hypnotherapy, Past Life Regression therapy, and group therapy to help me understand why I chose this particular life is and what my role is within it.

"To change my tribe" - that manifests differently in each moment. From a cultural standpoint, I've faced many challenges as a woman (overcoming deep-rooted feelings of guilt, shame, and fear) and I've started remembering my power and strength as a divine feminine being, with abilities to effect change within myself and my community. I hope to inspire this "remembering of Self" in others as we all come into our True Power to live happy and free and to afford that for others humans & sentient beings.

PYS: What is your worst habit and what are you doing to improve it?

Rima: My worst habit is not sticking to a daily routine. As an entrepreneur, I am constantly buzzing from this task to that and I often forget to take care of myself in ways I should. That might look like skipping meals, not drinking enough water, or getting too hyper focused on certain tasks and neglecting others. To fix this tendency, I've been setting intentions to sleep early and rise early. First thing I do when I wake up is a daily health routine which includes tongue scraping, flossing, drinking lemon water, face yoga (to get my face muscles toned!), and cleaning up the house. This way, I start my day refreshed, with a clear space, and in the right direction.

PYS: What advice would you offer to other goddesses working to actualize their potential?

Rima: "Get clear on your intentions so the Universe can hear, understand, & manifest them into form. Then work hard & show up. The Universe will align Itself for you in the most magnificent of ways."

Also, be fearless.

PYS: What does your daily spiritual practice look like?

Rima: It is constantly evolving and as I mentioned above, lack of a routine is my worst habit. This doesn't mean I'm not spiritual, it just means that I don't have a typical "Day-In-The-Life-of-Rima" scenario. My morning routine is what I mentioned above and then I set out my schedule and agenda for the day. Yoga is usually a part of that and a great way to practice spirituality, however, I work to take yoga off the mat and find presence in each moment. That's the way I truly connect to spirit - in each moment, when I breathe air, when I feel (anything), when I am - I feel blessed and grateful. As I prepare my food each day, I feel gratitude for the organic food we have access to and for the vegan lifestyle that's changed my life. I'm constantly aware of all of the good and beauty that's around me as I work hard to change the things that aren't in line with my highest Self. That balance is where I try to reside, and where I can feel spirit within me.

PYS: What secrets (past or present) have kept you from living in your truth?

Rima: Through therapy, I've learned to live an authentic life that's honest and pure. I stopped playing different roles in different places and tuned in to who RIMA is. Finding that has enabled me to be honest and open in every situation, even if I perceive it to be scary or difficult. This practice over the last couple of years has led to very specific and divine opportunities appearing in my life. I don't always say what I feel as there's a dark tendency within me to be angry and afraid at the state of the world and the actions of those around me, but I have learned to embrace and use my darkness rather than hide from it or try to tuck it away. We all have within us darkness and light and we have the ability to choose how we act. One of my favorite song lyrics is "My bright is too slight to hold back all my dark". While I don't feel that way specifically, I do feel like most people fool themselves into believing they're "good" people without allowing space to realize we all have the capacity to lean towards good or evil and we must make conscious decisions each moment of the day that are good. It's not inevitable that we're one or the other and it's not black and white.

PYS: Who inspires you? Who should we interview next?

Rima: My best friend and soul sister - Alexis Franklin - THE Yoga Warrior Goddess. Not only is she kind, beautiful & talented, but she's extremely hard working and organized. Though we live physically far from one another, her and I have formed a strong bond - both an emotional one and a professional one - which I'm so grateful for because each day, she inspires me to work harder and continue following my passions.